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I got a call this week from a well-known men’s fashion magazine. They were looking for particular Rhodia notebooks for photo shoot called “Objects of Desire.” The editor asked for A5 and A6 orange and black Rhodia pads with top spiral and also the “classic.”
The pads will be set on a night table by the bed. I guess for easy reach when inspiration can’t wait!
If it was up to you, what Rhodia product would you suggest to the editor?
Rhodia notebooks can be used to keep track of all kinds of things on a regular basis such as:
- Food consumed for dietary purposes
- Wine tastings
- Medical history
- Learning a new language
- List making
In what other ways do you regularly use a notebook to record important information?
Ann Patchett of Parnassus Books penned a stirring op-ed in the August 1, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Titled “The Antidote to Algorithms: A Real Bookstore,” it chided President Obama for giving a jobs speech at a newly opened Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, but forgetting all the jobs lost as one independent bookstore after another closes.
Of the many good points she made, I like this one the best: “Authors need a good bookstore: It’s a place to give a reading (Parnassus hosts about 250 author events a year), and a place where customers can browse, picking a book up because of the title or the cover or the staff-recommendation signs that paper the shelves. Our goal is to promote writers, writing, culture and community, which, I like to think, is aiming a little higher than free two-day shipping.”
I have to admit: from time to time I shop on Amazon and BN.com. I can get books fast, and there is a lot of choice on price.
Most of the time I place an order for a hardcover book with Burton’s Books, a small bookstore in my town of Greenport, NY. The owner is friendly, the service is great, and just about every time I go in he remembers to tease me about being a NY Jets fan. He’s a big Giants fan, and a signed helmet from some Super Bowl sets on the shelf next to the waiting book orders.
The banter is also part of the experience of taking home a book.
Have you ever tried any of the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy pens? They are an inexpensive ($12 each) introduction to the world of calligraphy.
Sketching with a Pilot Parallel Pen at Leigh Reyes my life as a verb
Gentian Osman sometimes draws with a Parallel, check out her photostream on Flickr.
Image courtesy of jrmartz on Instagram
59-year-old Andrew Silton spent 30 years working in asset management, picking stocks and managing an investment strategy for a state pension system. That’s pretty stressful work. Mr. Silton has doodled through many of his meetings, filling at least 75 spiral bound notebooks with 600 drawings.
“I look at the eyes in some of my pictures and they look frightened and troubled,” said Mr. Silton. Looking back on his career, he realized that doodling was a form of solace in meetings. Doodling is often considered a by-product of boredom, but research shows that doodling can help the doodler retain information.
Mr. Silton’s doodles give him instant recall of who was in the room and what they were talking about, even though he avoided drawing anything with even a slight resemblance to someone there. “If I realized that a drawing started to resemble someone in a meeting, I’d quickly put long hair or sunglasses on him or turn him into a fish or something.”
Do you doodle? Does it help you focus or relax? What do your doodles look like?
As the Thanksgiving holiday grows closer, an infectious attitude of gratitude seems to be rapidly spreading across the various social media sites I utilize on a regular basis- especially post Hurricane Sandy.
I will admit that while I’ve kept journals and notebooks for all different purposes, I’ve never kept a gratitude journal until now. I started it on 11/01 after our power had come back on because I felt the need to count my blessings after the storm. I am using an orange pocket-sized dotWebbie and have decided to use one page per entry. The book will be housed on my desk and I will add to it as often as I remember.
Do you keep a gratitude journal, or have you ever considered starting one?
What is art journaling? It is a simple combination of art and writing in the same book. There are no rules except for those that you set yourself. “Art journaling has a long-standing artistic tradition. Artists through the centuries have kept notebooks in which they sketched, practiced, experimented, and recorded themselves.” via Dina Wakley. Continue Readering »
“In the first weeks of 1907, Picasso took a slim little book – a since-battered leather wallet that was nothing much to begin with – and began to confide, day by day, his ideas about what could be done with the human figure. Sometimes the image was flat, wiry, schematic. Sometimes it had sculptural volumes, with plenty of ins and outs where ins and outs were called for. Only very rarely was a line crossed out, or a second thought as much as hinted at.” from an article in The New York Times
Want to try your hand at keeping a sketchbook? Here are a few articles to get you started:
The1901 Picasso sketch above was previously sold by The Court Gallery
What do you think of the wall of Rhodia? I think it looks like Tetris.
Post-It Iterations Take Classic Notes to New Levels at WebUrbanist
Featured Pen – TWSBI Vac 700 at Whatever
Marbled-Edge Ledgers at Notebook Stories
The Extravagant Tale of a Mere Pencil: Palomino & Blackwing at the Blog of the European Paper Company
Delfonics Utility Bag Review at The Well-Appointed Desk
J. Herbin Vert Pre Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge Review at The Pen Addict
What Do You Do When You’re Angry? ~ Deborah Lange at Elephant Journal
New Favorite Eraser: Pentel Hi-Polymer at Little Flower Petals
Fascinating Liquid Art by Markus Reugels at abduzeedo.com
The Lost Art of Hand Lettering at Serifs & Sans
Links From Montblanc to Calligraphy to Watercolourists at An Inkophile’s Blog
Image courtesy of Eric Ink – follow ericink on Instagram.
I was never much a fan of Sherlock Holmes (in print or on film) until the recent movies starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, and Jude Law as Dr. Watson.
My favorite of Holmes quirks is his ability to scan a room and see EVERYTHING. Continue Readering »
I was recently reading about an interesting mental exercise consisting of rapid image cycling of things that you’d like to have in your life. It reminded me a lot of the creative visualization techniques that I’ve read about in other books where you basically attract the thing you desire by imagining yourself already having it.
You are to create a list of 20 things that you desire, and the caveat is that each item has to be for you and only you. Continue Readering »
Have you ever tried writing, drawing or doodling with a colored pencil? There are several different kinds with the non-erasable wax based ones being the most common. Erasable ones do exist, though I’ve never had reason to want to try them. Watercolor pencils are probably my favorite because they can be used in many different ways. Continue Readering »
Today is Monday, March 12th & I hereby challenge you to grab a pen and notepad and start making a list of your favorite things. List out your favorite foods, books, movies, wines, friends, places, colors, smells, songs, vacations, flowers, animals…. When you are finished, (and I know once you get going it will be difficult to stop) sign and date the bottom of the page and place your list in a safe space so one year from now you can create a new one and then place them side by side to see how your favorite things may have changed.
PS: You don’t have to wait a year…..
Image above from Kristina Day Osgood – a member of our Rhodia Journal Swap.
Can’t remember your dreams? I’ve often heard that the best way to remember them is to write down anything you can remember immediately upon waking. Much insight and inspiration can come from examining our subconscious.
To learn more about keeping a dream journal:
It’s here! Time to roll our our first ever Rhodia Journal Swap: “Favorite Things.” Interested in participating? Read on, then please fill out the form below by Jan 18th. We’d love if you would share this opportunity with your friends! Questions? Please submit via comments. Continue Readering »